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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Allegations of fraud continue in Brazil as some low income familes in the northern state of Pará remain without the homes they were promised after registering for the major...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A rumor that the Bolsa Família anti-poverty program was set to close led to hundreds of thousands of families withdrawing the state benefit over the weekend. Caixa Econômica Federal, the...
By Maria Conde, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The state of Rio issued 2,091 land titles to residents in the iconic favela Rocinha last Friday. These are the first of 9,000 titles the Instituto de Terras e Cartografia...
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While many who come to Rio seek out accommodations along the iconic Zona Sul (South Zone) beach neighborhoods, not everyone can afford the rising prices alone. Continuing our 2013 coverage...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Ministry for Cities has announced it is launching an inquiry into accusations that former civil servants defrauded the government’s major public housing program, known as Minha Casa Minha...
By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the latest development in a long-running dispute over ‘irregular’ housing, the Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU) ruled last week that families living inside Rio’s Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden) have...
By Mary Carroll, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In 2008 Swedish native Johan Jonsson launched Agente Imóvel here in Brazil, an internet-based real estate portal integrating listings and data in Portuguese - as well as English. Now...
Laura Madden, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Often referred to as the “esquina do continente” (corner of the continent), Natal in Rio Grande do Norte State is perhaps best known for its vast sand dunes, a playground for...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The average residential rent in Rio de Janeiro soared 21.4 percent in 2011, according to information from the FipeZap Index. In the same period, rents in São Paulo increased...

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